Welcome to the Division of Music History, Theory, and Ethnomusicology

The Division of Music History, Theory, and Ethnomusicology is a vibrant contributor to the College of Music. MHTE maintains a full range of academic programs from the bachelor's to the doctorate. In fact, the Ph.D. program, celebrating more than a half-century of activity, was the first in the university. Today more than 70 students are enrolled in its graduate programs.

The division offers the B.A. in Music with an emphasis in Music History; the B.M. in Music Theory, the Master of Arts in Music with concentrations in musicology, ethnomusicology, music theory, and musicology with an emphasis in early music performance; the Ph.D. in Music with concentrations in music theory, musicology, and ethnomusicology.

As a hub of academic activity, the division fosters a wide range of projects and initiatives. Students are encouraged to take advantage of our faculty's vast expertise in historical musicology, theory, and ethnomusicology. Division faculty members have been recognized with significant awards for outstanding teaching, research, service and the promotion of diversity in teaching and across campus. Read More

For additional information about our programs, please contact:

Interim Division Chair:
Benjamin Brand (Benjamin.Brand@unt.edu)

Area Coordinators:
Justin Lavacek, Music Theory (Justin.Lavacek@unt.edu)
Steven Friedson, Ethnomusicology (Steven.Friedson@unt.edu)
Margaret Notley, Music History (Margaret.Notley@unt.edu)


Recent News

Paper Presentations
Saturday, September 15, 2018

MHTE students and alumni presented papers at the fall meeting of the American Musicological Society Southwest Chapter in Canyon, Texas on Sept. 15. Bryan Stevens presented his paper "Theorizing Sonata Form from the Margins: The Early Keyboard Sonata in Spain," Dr. Emily Hagen (PhD 2018) presented her research poster "Supernatural Alterity and Affective Agency in Handel's Alcina," Dr. Mike Morey presented his paper "The Presence of Arnalta and Orpheus in Christopher Rouse's Cello Concerto," and Dr. Randy Kinnett (PhD 2009, Collin College, Preston Ridge Campus) presented his paper “Music and the Klan in 1920s Dallas.”


Dr. Virani's chapter "Casteism and Cultural Capital: Social and Spiritual Reform through Kabir-Singing in North India" was published in the interdisciplinary volume Songs of Social Protest: International Perspectives, published in September by Rowman and Littlefield.

MHTE Lecture Series
Friday, September 28, 2018 - 4:00pm
Room 258

Dr. Janet Schmalfeldt gave her lecture "Domenico Scarlatti, Escape Artist: Sightings of His 'Mixed Style' Towards the End of the Eighteenth Century."


Clare Carrasco published her article, "Zemlinsky's 'Expressionist' Moment: Critical Reception of the Second String Quartet, 1918–1924" in the Journal of the American Musicological Society 71/2 (2018). Click here to access the article.  Click here to view her faculty profile.


Colin Davis recently published his article "'The New Harmony' of Ferruccio Busoni's Fantasia Contrappuntistica" in the Journal of Musicological Research 37/3 (2018). Click here to access the article.  Click here to view his faculty profile at Sam Houston State University.